Bovine colostrum has long been utilized as a preventative and active support during times of gastrointestinal distress. A horse’s GI tract is a frontline defense for pathogens entering the body, assisting with the natural balance of essential microbes. Colostrum has been shown to combat effects of ulcers, leaky gut and intestinal permeability to help reduce gut damage.
Performance and Recovery
It is known that strenuous physical activity can negatively impact the immune system and its response to stress and foreign pathogens. Colostrum supplementation has been shown to reduce recovery time in a Thoroughbred racing study, as an example of its ability to positively affect physiological factors.
Immune Support and Function
It is well-documented in peer-viewed studies, colostrum is rich in hundreds of immune-supporting bioactive components. The major contributing components include immunoglobulins, cytokines, growth factors, lactoferrin, lysozyme, peptides including proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs), and many others.
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